‘Wo­man be­a­ten to de­ath in front of child­ren’

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Crime - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der yo­lan­de.grm2@gmail.com

Mo­re de­tails a­bout the mur­der of a P­let­ten­berg Bay wo­man – who was al­le­ge­d­ly be­a­ten to de­ath with a spa­de by her part­ner – has co­me to lig­ht as the sus­pect ap­pea­red in court for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­ti­on.

In a wi­de­ly wel­co­med a­bout-turn, the sus­pect ho­we­ver a­bando­ned his rig­ht to ap­ply for bail on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 16.

The sus­pect is accu­sed of be­a­ting his 32-y­e­ar-old gi­r­lf­riend Na­ta­sha de Lan­ge to de­ath in their K­wa­no­kut­hu­la ho­me in Ju­ly this y­e­ar. Her bo­dy was al­le­ge­d­ly left in their ho­me for days be­fo­re po­li­ce ma­de the gris­ly dis­co­ve­ry. PO­LI­CE SAY VICTIM WAS BE­A­TEN IN FRONT OF CHILD­REN

Ac­cor­ding to po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Cap­tain Marlene Pie­ter­se the in­ci­dent was be­lie­ved to ha­ve hap­pe­ned the e­ve­ning of Ju­ly 21, and the bo­dy was dis­co­ve­r­ed two days la­ter.

“Our p­re­li­mi­na­ry in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­di­ca­tes that the victim was be­a­ten up in front of the cou­ple’s two child­ren who are six and se­ven y­e­ars old re­specti­ve­ly. The victim was be­a­ten se­ver­al ti­mes with a spa­de and af­ter­wards the sus­pect al­le­ge­d­ly boi­led wa­ter and pou­red it o­ver the victim. It is al­so be­lie­ved that he then pro­cee­ded to cle­an the b­lood left on the floor,” Pie­ter­se said.

She ad­ded that the sus­pect then al­le­ge­d­ly co­ve­r­ed De Lan­ge’s bo­dy with a blan­ket, left her on the floor and went to bed.

“It was on­ly the next mor­ning that the sus­pect al­le­ge­d­ly took the two child­ren to their grand­mot­her.” NEIGHBOURS FIND BO­DY Af­ter neighbours rai­sed the a­larm and fa­mi­ly re­por­ted a mis­sing per­son, po­li­ce went to the sus­pect’s ho­me on Ju­ly 23, for­ced the door o­pen and dis­co­ve­r­ed De Lan­ge’s bo­dy still on the floor.

The sus­pect was ar­res­ted on Ju­ly 30, and sub­se­quent­ly ap­pea­red in the P­let­ten­berg Bay Ma­gi­stra­te’s Court. The mat­ter was then trans­fer­red to the Knys­na Ma­gi­stra­te’s Court for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­ti­on on Au­gust 16.

The in­ci­dent has sin­ce s­par­ked ma­jor out­cry from the com­mu­ni­ty, fa­mi­ly and friends and groups a­gainst the a­bu­se of wo­men. T­he­re ha­ve sub­se­quent­ly been two pro­tes­ts and a pe­ti­ti­on a­gainst the sus­pect’s re­le­a­se on bail.

Af­ter his ap­pea­ran­ce in Knys­na, the sus­pect in­di­ca­ted that he no lon­ger wis­hed to ap­ply for bail and the mat­ter was re­fer­red back to P­let­ten­berg Bay. This de­ci­si­on saw ju­bi­la­ti­on a­mong sup­por­ters of De Lan­ge’s fa­mi­ly and tho­se who gat­he­red at the court a­gainst his re­le­a­se. So­me, ho­we­ver, said that they wan­ted him re­le­a­sed as they felt li­ke “de­a­ling with him them­sel­ves”.

On Mon­day, Au­gust 21, the mat­ter was pos­t­po­ned by the P­let­ten­berg Bay Ma­gi­stra­te’s Court until Sep­tem­ber 14 for furt­her in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on.

Se­ver­al P­let­ten­berg Bay re­si­dents gat­he­red at the Knys­na Ma­gi­stra­te’s Court on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 16, be­fo­re the bail he­a­ring of the man accu­sed of kil­ling his gi­r­lf­riend with a spa­de. Pho­tos: Sup­p­lied

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